Northern Pass wins bid to deliver hydropower to New England

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January 26 (Renewables Now) - The Northern Pass Transmission Line project that will bring up to 1.09 GW of hydropower from Quebec, Canada, to New England, has been selected as the sole winner of a huge Massachusetts clean-energy solicitation.

Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), the company behind the USD-1.6-billion (EUR 1.28bn) scheme, said in a press statement on Thursday that it will provide up to 9.45 TWh of electricity annually from the water reservoirs of Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec through the power line. The solicitation was launched so as to provide new clean energy power generation sources for Massachusetts and help the Bay State achieve its clean energy objectives.

The Northern Pass project envisages the construction of a 192-mile (309-km) power distribution network with overhead and underground sections. The first section of the facility will be a direct current (DC) line from the Canadian border to Franklin, New Hampshire, where the electricity will be converted into alternating current (AC).

The US Department of Energy (DOE) gave the green light to the project in November 2017, thus allowing the line to cross the international border and connect into the US grid. Eversource expects to secure all state and federal permits for the scheme early this year. With all major contractor and equipment contracts in place, the company is ready to start construction activities by the middle of 2018, it said. The power line is scheduled to become operational by end-2020.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.801)

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